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Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007 17:59

From: Chaim Saiman

Subject: How this group got its name


Dear Friends,

My question relates to the name of this discussion group.

To the best of my knowledge, the term "law of obligations" has its roots in the civil rather than the common law. In US very few lawyers and even professors recognize the category of obligations (or even private law for that matter - but that is a different story) unless they have foreign law training. In the US, the categories that are roughly comparable are "common law" "commercial law," or in the law school context "first year courses," --- all of which are both under and over inclusive of the way "obligations" is used.

I'd be interested to know anything about the history of the term "obligations" in common law systems; or how did this group get its name.


Thank you,
Chaim Saiman

Chaim Saiman
Assistant Professor
Villanova Law School




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